Winnipeg teacher passes love of running on to students
WINNIPEG – There’s nowhere Elsie Yip would rather be than out for a run.
“It’s my happy place,” said the St. George School resource teacher. “When I run, I feel strong.”
It’s a feeling she’s passed on to dozens of students over the years. Yip started the school’s running club back in 2001. The goal each year is to train for and complete the Manitoba Marathon’s 2.6-mile Super Run.
“It’s providing the opportunity for the kids and really motivating for them to get out,” said Jason Dubeau, the vice-principal at St. George.
“Running is a natural thing for a lot of kids,” said Yip. “Just going out there is a great way to start the morning.”
Yip isn’t just focused on helping her students live an active lifestyle.
“It’s a lot of things for some of these kids,” said the lifelong runner. “As much as they don’t realize it, I think they enjoy coming out for some of the friendship.”
It’s a bond strengthened with every stride.
“When you see them out there laughing, smiling and cheering each other on, that’s exciting to hear, because you know they’re listening and wanting to better themselves.”
The 36th annual Manitoba Marathon takes place June 15 at the University of Manitoba. Global Winnipeg will have full coverage of the annual Father’s Day race Sunday during the Evening News at 6 p.m. and News Final at 10 p.m.
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